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05-22-2018 09:44 AM
patroy75 I rode in with my Joe Rocket jacket with a newly purchased back protector, a Hi-Viz vest and a new Helmet

AFX FX-41DS - I LOVE IT!!!!!! The ONLY issue I have so far is that the chin strap is too far back so it presses against my throat enough to be irritating. It matches the bike or will when I paint a camo green line on the emgo top box. I will be stylin :-)



Bought a pair of these basically new TCX Baja Gore-Tex Boots on craigslist for $60

05-22-2018 08:01 AM
clogan Hi-vis full-face helmet
Hi-vis armored mesh jacket
Hi-vis armored mesh gloves
Boots, either Forma Adventure, Sidi, or Timberland

And, except when it's too hot, Armored over-pants, or Draggin Kevlar-lined jeans.

Getting harder and harder to find true, 100% hi-vis gear anymore, and that's a shame, IMHO. Gear labelled as "hi-vis" nowadays often contains much more black than any other color. Black is not hi-vis.

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05-16-2018 12:29 PM
patroy75
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Originally Posted by outdoorgb View Post
I sweat sometimes but always wear pants, coat, gloves, boots...all motorcycle rated. I have coats and pants for several seasons so I stay comfortable. Although I always buy new helmets, I've found great deals on Craigslist for used/like new pants, coats, and gloves...

Skin grafts sound more painful than a little sweat in the taint...
Good point!
05-16-2018 09:12 AM
outdoorgb I sweat sometimes but always wear pants, coat, gloves, boots...all motorcycle rated. I have coats and pants for several seasons so I stay comfortable. Although I always buy new helmets, I've found great deals on Craigslist for used/like new pants, coats, and gloves...

Skin grafts sound more painful than a little sweat in the taint...
05-16-2018 06:31 AM
patroy75
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Originally Posted by Damocles View Post
Foot/ankle/leg injuries remain common to victims of motorcycle crashes; I'd not skimp on high-quality motorcycle boots.

The hinged ankle joint of SIDI Adventure Rain Boots offer lots of protection; also . . . they SQUEAK when you walk, so everyone knows you care enough to buy the very finest!

Nice looking boots. I'll put em in my to get list.
05-15-2018 05:40 PM
DPelletier
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Originally Posted by Bluehighways View Post
I think their current version of what I have is called "Mesh Tex Jacket". Because it blocks the sun and lets every bit as much air through as not wearing a jacket. It's actually cooler than not wearing a jacket. !
Yep; too hot isn't an excuse to skip the armor IMO.

....and ditto on the helmet; ONLY FF helmets for me.


Dave
05-15-2018 05:38 PM
DPelletier As an old, washed up, ex offroad racer, wearing gear is second nature to me and I won't ride without it. WHICH gear is a different thing; it depends on the ride: for highway, I wear mostly leathers and dual sport boots. For mixed on and offroad, I have textile armored coat, pants, dual sport boots, gloves, etc. ....for more serious offroad jaunts, I trade up to my Alpinestar Tech 8's, riding pants, knee/shin guards, kidney belt, roost armor/flak jacket, etc. The very least I wear for short jaunts around town are boots, kevlar reinforced jeans, armored textile jacket, helmet and gloves.

....I've crashed waaaaaay to many times to consider riding without gear.

Dave
05-15-2018 03:38 PM
Bluehighways I wear a FF Helmet that is DOT and SNELL certified. For Armor, I wear a Textile First Gear Jacket with Shoulder, Elbow and Back CE Certified Armor. I think their current version of what I have is called "Mesh Tex Jacket". Because it blocks the sun and lets every bit as much air through as not wearing a jacket. It's actually cooler than not wearing a jacket. We may not have your humidity here in Southern California, but as I'm sure Dan Filipi will attest to, temperatures can regularly exceed 100*F. I also wear a set of full finger Sedici Lucca gloves in the summer. They're perforated leather and are quit comfortable. Oh, and don't forget over the ankle shoes.

FWIW, after surviving a serious "incident" ATGAT becomes a habit and is second nature. I really don't think about it anymore.

This past week I had a friend (not Dan Filipi) go down in a corner (gravel). We were going at about 45 mph. We were on our Goldwings. His bike slid out and rolled over several times while he and the bike then slid down the road for away and then on the rocks that lined this mountain road we were on. Pretty impressive to watch actually! He was dressed per the above and also had textile pants with armor. His gear looked like $**t but he was fine. We all sat around swapping lies and chatting with the CHP that showed up until the tow truck came. He went home, had dinner, the insurance company totaled his bike the next day (no real surprise) and he's out shopping for a new bike and gear today. A testament to ATGAT!
05-15-2018 03:36 PM
Damocles Foot/ankle/leg injuries remain common to victims of motorcycle crashes; I'd not skimp on high-quality motorcycle boots.

The hinged ankle joint of SIDI Adventure Rain Boots offer lots of protection; also . . . they SQUEAK when you walk, so everyone knows you care enough to buy the very finest!
05-15-2018 02:32 PM
dan filipi I wear a good quality full face helmet, have seen some terrible chin rash wearing an open chin. A few months ago I went down on my Goldwing when the front tire slid out on a canyon turn. That retired helmet shows what my face would have scraped the pavement.

Other than helmet, I wear minimally a protective jacket, jeans (not good enough) and work type boots. If I’m riding canyons, it’s no less than full protect leather jacket and pants, with decent quality riding boots.

My advice is to visit your local sport bike shops. Talk to them. Most everyone understands the money factor.
“Good” protection will run $1,000+, but it’s very important it is properly fitted. I was surprised how tight proper fit is. Same with the helmet.
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